House of Commons
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BUSINESS RATE WRITE-OFFS AND NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME COUNCIL
EDM #1183
Tabled 24 March 2010
2009-10 Session
That this House is dismayed at the conduct of the Conservative-led cabinet of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council in again writing-off, behind closed doors, business rates owed by companies connected to former Councillor Peter Whieldon; believes it has again failed to show leadership by not making public comment about Mr Whieldon and his associates' continuing shameless conduct; notes that this is the fourth time in four years it has written off, in secret, debts owed by their insolvent companies; further notes that the £22,608 and £9,248 written off in respect of Stones Entertainment Limited (The Albion Inn) and T1V Limited (Union, former Bull's Vaults) brings to £91,128 the rates their collapsed companies have avoided paying in Newcastle; further notes that total bad debts left behind by their trail of insolvencies in North Staffordshire now tops £1.6 million, including over £250,000 to HM Revenue and Customs; further notes that honest traders in town, who pay their dues, are appalled by this conduct and the council's lack of courage; calls on Companies Investigation Branch and the Registrar of Companies to swiftly conclude enquiries into directors' and shadow directors' conduct at the 13 companies which have serially collapsed; and further calls on the Leader of Newcastle Council and members of its cabinet to join the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme in asking HM Revenue and Customs to review the tax affairs of those involved and for Staffordshire Police, in co-operation with all agencies, to investigate prima facie evidence of a long-running conspiracy to defraud creditors.